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August 26, 2015

By Nathan Patin

The Other Foreign Fighters: An Open-Source Investigation into American Volunteers Fighting the Islamic State

An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 foreigners have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight with the Islamic State (IS) and other Sunni jihadist groups. Of those, roughly 150 to 200 are American citizens. This report seeks to shed light on a related, yet understudied phenomenon, namely, that of Americans traveling to Iraq and Syria to fight against…

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August 21, 2015

By Type 63

Hell Cannons: From Minor Nuisance to Major Threat – The Evolution of Syrian Opposition Siege Artillery

When historians discuss defensive capabilities in conventional wars between two major powers, traditionally each power tends to have either domestic arms manufacturing or has secured the services of another nation (or nations) to do most of the heavy lifting for their defense needs. For the Syrian regime, it is a mix of the two, with most…

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July 24, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Iran Carrier Mockup Anchored off Bandar Abbas

Prior to signing the historic nuclear deal between the EU3+3 and Iran earlier this month, Iran’s propaganda piece, a mock-up of a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, was moved outside the harbor of Bandar Abbas. Satellite imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe in June shows the mockup floating west of the peninsular breakwaters at the Iranian naval base. The mockup…

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July 5, 2015

By Chris Biggers

Iran’s Building a New Flying Boat

The Iran Shipbuilding and Offshore Industries Complex appears to have built a new ekranoplan at the shipyard located near Bostanu, satellite imagery suggests. Imagery acquired by DigitalGlobe from October 2014 shows Iran’s new flying boat. It’s the country’s first new model since publicizing the Bavar-2 back in 2010.[1] The ekranoplan, also known as a ground effect…

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June 29, 2015

By Bellingcat Investigation Team

De nouvelles images satellite confirment que la Russie a retouché des images concernant le crash du MH17

Dans le rapport du Bellingcat du 31 mai 2015, Forensic Analysis of Satellite Images Released by the Russian Ministry of Defense (Analyse Judiciaire des Images Satellites Publiées par le Ministère de la Défense Russe), l’équipe d’investigation du Bellingcat a souligné de multiples différences entre les images satellite présentées par le Ministère de la Défense russe (MoD)…

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June 29, 2015

By Oryx

Fortress T4: An Airbase at War

The Islamic State’s offensive in Central Syria has not only allowed the fighters of the Islamic State to expand their operations into areas previously out of reach, but it now also threatens the regime’s gas supplies, its presence on numerous fronts, its control over the only road leading to the vitally important T4 airbase and…

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